CityBeat - City Desk http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-238-1-city_desk.html <![CDATA[Study: Income Inequality Rising in Ohio - ]]>

Ohio’s top 1 percent of earners make 21 times more than the other 99 percent of earners in Ohio, according to a study released by the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank based in Washington, D.C.

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<![CDATA[Ohio AG DeWine Files Suit Over Obamacare Fees - ]]>

The state of Ohio, lead by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, filed a lawsuit in federal district court against the federal government Jan. 26 over fees associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) paid by state and local governments.

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<![CDATA[CCV Pushes for Removal of Flynt Adult Store Billboard - ]]>

Conservative group Citizens for Community Values is seeking the removal of a billboard next to I-71 that it says is obscene.

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<![CDATA[Requiem Project Files New Suit Against UC over Emery Theatre - ]]>

The nonprofit Requiem Project filed a new lawsuit Jan. 14 against the University of Cincinnati over the right to renovate the long-neglected Emery Theatre in Over-the-Rhine.

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<![CDATA[US Supreme Court to Hear Ohio Gay Marriage Case - ]]>

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Jan. 16 that it will hear arguments about gay marriage bans in Ohio and three other states this spring, lining up what could be a precedent-setting legal battle over the bans.

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<![CDATA[Ohio Drops Two-Drug Death Penalty Method, Delays Execution - ]]>

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced Jan. 8 that the state will stop using an execution method that utilizes a combination of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Sherrod Brown Proposes Payday Loan Alternative Bill - ]]>

Ohio’s Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown has introduced a bill that would allow some taxpayers to get a cash advance on their income tax returns instead of turning to so-called payday loan businesses that charge interest rates as high as 500 percent.

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<![CDATA[Ohio Supreme Court: No Jail for Tracie Hunter During Appeal - ]]>

The Ohio Supreme Court Dec. 26 upheld former Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter’s request for a stay on her six-month sentence until after an appeal of her felony conviction can be heard.

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<![CDATA[Kings Mills Teen Killed on I-71 Committed Suicide Over Transgender Status - ]]>

A King’s Mills teen committed suicide Dec. 28 after a long struggle with depression over her inability to find acceptance as a transgender woman.

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<![CDATA[Cranley Removes Planning Commission Head - ]]>

Mayor John Cranley recently announced he is replacing Planning Commission Chair Caleb Faux with former Pleasant Ridge Community Council President Dan Driehaus.

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<![CDATA[Proposal Would Make Violence Against Homeless a Hate Crime - ]]>

A proposed city ordinance could add homeless people to groups protected by hate crime laws, making Cincinnati one of just three cities to do so.

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<![CDATA[Local, National Protests Continue over Racial Injustices - ]]>

Protests in Cincinnati and across the country continue to take place over racially charged shooting deaths of unarmed black citizens and a lack of indictments for the police officers responsible for them.

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<![CDATA[Cincinnati Police to Equip Officers with Body Cameras - ]]>

Cincinnati’s 600-strong uniformed police force will eventually be equipped with body cameras after a seven-month pilot program involving West Side officers wrapped up last week.

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<![CDATA[DOJ Hammers Cleveland Police Department Use of Force - ]]>

The Department of Justice released a report Dec. 4 detailing its 18-month investigation of the Cleveland Police Department’s use of force.

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<![CDATA[Greenpeace Protesters Offered Plea Deal - ]]>

Prosecutors have offered seven of the Greenpeace activists arrested for hanging banners from Procter & Gamble headquarters last spring a plea deal that would cut charges against the group.

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<![CDATA[State Renews License for Cincinnati’s Only Abortion Clinic - ]]>

Cincinnati’s last remaining clinic providing abortions will stay open, Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio announced Nov. 20.

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<![CDATA[Council Passes Streetcar Funding, Operating Agreements - ]]>

Cincinnati City Council on Nov. 19 passed operating and funding agreements for the city’s streetcar, a milestone for the contested project.

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<![CDATA[Neighborhood Clean-Up Program Targets Walnut Hills Eyesore - ]]>

A pedestrian walkway between McMillian Street and Curtis Street in Walnut Hills called the St. James Cut Through has long been a community eyesore and crime hot spot.

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<![CDATA[Council Commits to Doubling Human Services Fund - ]]>

City Council on Nov. 13 unanimously passed a motion committing $1.5 million more to the city’s Human Services fund in its next budget, doubling the fund’s size.

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<![CDATA[Ohio Considers Making Providers of Execution Drugs Secret - ]]>

Conservative lawmakers in Ohio’s General Assembly are pushing a new bill, HB 663, that would exempt from public records laws details about those who supply lethal injection drugs to the state.

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